A Trip to Fort Ticonderoga, 1902

Adele,Bud & parents-On their way to Ft. Ticonderoga- 1902- 2

An easy drive today, a trip from Silver Bay to Fort Ticonderoga required a little more patience and stamina in 1902. Shown above, embarking on the journey, are George and Ida Hepbron and their children, George II and Adele.

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Perched on a wall, George, Adele and Ida Hepbron at Fort Ticonderoga.

Abandoned in 1781, and used by the locals as an informal source of building supplies, the fort was a ruin in 1902. But seven years after the Hepbrons’ visit, restoration was begun by Stephen H.P. and Sarah G. T. Pell. Attending a dedication ceremony in July of 1909 was President William Howard Taft.

Taft at Fort Ti

Taft joined a colorful list of visitors that included Ethan Allen, Major John André, Benedict Arnold, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and “Mad Anthony” Wayne. Plan your visit at the Fort Ticonderoga website and you can join the list as well.

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My thanks again to Susan (Hepbron) Tantum for sharing these early Hepbron family photos.

No Time for the Blues

In August of 1905, the editor of The Hudson Valley Times asked YMCA official Walter J. Carter to write a few words about Silver Bay. Here are two excerpts from Carter’s letter that give us a glimpse of an earlier time.

“Last night the [YMCA] Institute, which is quartered in a separate building from the hotel called ‘Forest Inn,’ being all robed in spotless white, gave the guests of the hotel a midnight serenade, about 75 participating in the parade. Tonight we are to enjoy a corn roast. No time for the blues at Silver Bay.”

“Every time a fellow of the Institute or one of the faculty takes the boat for home, the whole Institute gathers on the dock and amid yells, songs, good byes, prayers, and songs again, he steps aboard. Then he is given another favorite yell and as the boat pulls out we all join in and sing ‘Blest be the tie that binds’ and ‘God be with you until we meet again’ and our friend who we have only known for a few days but whom we all have learned to love, has gone from our view but is not forgotten.”

The “yells” of which Carter writes would be described as “cheers” today. The first documented yell came during the first intercollegiate football game, Princeton vs. Rutgers, 1869. The Princeton “rocket cheer” went “Siss, boom, ahhh!” followed by “Princeton!”

Every college had its own yell. Yale’s yell was fairly simple: “Rah” nine times followed by “Yale!” Students at Colgate chanted, “Yell high! Yell great! Rah! Rah! Colgate!” (Within colleges, each class had its own yell. For instance, the class of 1892 at the U. of Rochester yelled, “Rah-rah-rah. Zoo-zoo-zoo. Hi-yi-yi. Ninety-two!” and the class of 1893 replied, “Boom-a-la. Boom-a-la. Zip-ra-ree. Whoop it up for Ninety-three!”)

But to get back to the dock at Silver Bay, there were YMCA yells. Two yells from the Washington D.C. chapter went as follows:

Who-ra, Who-ra
Washington, Washington, Washington

Boom ! ! ! ! !

Here are three from the Cleveland YMCA:

Oska wow-wow, wisky wee-wee
Olay muck-a-la Cleveland Y.M.C.A. – – – – WOW.

Slap jack – cracker jack – switch back – clear the track;
Tub of mud, bucket of blood, ka thud, ka thud, Gypsy WOW.

With a vim, and a snap, and a sparkle, and a bubble,
And a rubble, rubble, rubble, and a sis, sis, boom,
And a boom, boom, bah,
Cleveland, Cleveland, Rah, Rah, Rah!

And a generic YMCA yell:

What’s the matter with ‘Father Cook’?
He’s all right!
He’s a lulu! He’s a Cook-oo!
He gets there every time!
We all rejoice with a hearty voice,
To see him get there!
Father Cook.
Who says so?
Who’s everybody?

One can only imagine the din at the dock as a departing official attempted to leave.

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“Silver Bay,” The Hudson Valley Times, September 7, 1905

YMCA yells from Social Activities for Men and Boys (1916) by Albert M. Chesley, YMCA, Washington D.C.

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An afterthought: When it was Bryn Mawr’s turn to cheer on a YWCA College Day at Silver Bay, one wonders if they sang out their sports yell, which goes as follows:

“Anassa kata, kalo kale. Ia ia ia Nike. Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr!”

Translated from the Greek: “Queen, descend, I invoke you, fair one. Hail, hail, hail, Victory.”

More on Adele Hepbron

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-3

As her cake said on Adele Hepbron Day in August of 1981, Adele had 80 years, and more, at Silver Bay. She first came as a child and as an adult taught generations of Silver Bay visitors the fine points of watercolor painting. I was fortunate indeed to hear recently from Adele’s grandniece, Susan (Hepbron) Tantum, who has shared family photos of Adele and Silver Bay so we can enjoy them here.

Adele Hepbron, George Hepbron and their mother- Silver Bay

Early photo of the Hepbron family at Silver Bay, which includes Adele, her mother and her brother.

Adele Hepbron- Silver Bay- 1967-1

Adele painting in 1967 (love the shoes) and below, at a showing of her students’ work.

Adele Hepbron- Silver Bay- 1967-2

Below, photos of Adele and her family the week of Adele Hepbron Day, in 1981.

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-1

Her own parade!

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Watching, family members Sandy, Dana, Matt & Andrew

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-4

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-7- with George T. Hepbron III

With nephew George T. Hepbron III…

George Hepbron III- Silver Bay- August 1981

…who also paints…

The Craftshop- Silver Bay- August 1981- Dana Woods

…as does Dana Woods.

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-5

Silver Bay- August 1981-1

Silver Bay- August 1981-2

The Chapel- Silver Bay- August 1981

Silver Bay- August 1981-3

Silver Bay- August 1981- Matt Holmes

Matt Holmes

The Path- Silver Bay- August 1981- Matt Holmes-Dana Woods

Matt and Dana on the path

Adele Hebron Day- Silver Bay- August 1981-6

In 1986, the Hepbron family gathered at Silver Bay for a reunion. Below, Adele on the porch, and on the lawn with her great-grandnieces and nephews.

Adele Hepbron- Silver Bay Reunion- Aug 1986

Adele Hepbron- Silver Bay Reunion- Aug 1986- with family


In 1992, Adele’s art appeared on the cover of Expressions.

Adele Hepbron- Silver Bay (1)-1

My thanks to Susan for these images. For my earlier post on Adele, click here.

Marianne Moore at Silver Bay

MM 1907

In the summer of 1907, at the end of her freshman year at Bryn Mawr, Marianne Moore went straight from campus to Silver Bay for a conference of the school’s Christian Union. There she developed a crush, probably of a chaste nature, on a classmate named Katherine. In a letter, she wrote, “I have liked her ever since last November, but never would have said as I can now, ‘She can have me any time she wants me.’”  Perhaps it was the Adirondack air.

Moore’s archived letters number more than 30,000; it was said she could write 50 in a day. But she is remembered primarily as a poet. She began writing verse at Bryn Mawr, thrived in New York City’s literary circles, and in time became a favorite of many other poets, although the public never really embraced her work.

In 1958, she had a brief flirtation with commercial endeavors. The Ford Motor Company was going to bring out a new automobile and sought a name. Perhaps too poetic, her submissions included (and it’s best to read these out loud) the Intelligent Whale, the Mongoose Civique, the Pastelogram, the Turcotingo and the Utopian Turtletop. Ford politely declined, and went with “the Edsel.”

Late in life she became a friend of George Plimpton. (His chauffeur, after overhearing her description of a wet musk ox, said she was the best passenger he’d ever had in his car.) Never one to be predictable, Moore wrote the liner notes for a spoken word album by Muhammad Ali and went on the Tonight Show to discuss baseball with Jack Paar.

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Tossing out the first ball, opening day 1968 at Yankee Stadium, photo by Bob Olen

She was truly one of a kind. And in 1990, she even got her own postage stamp, certainly a fit tribute for someone who wrote so many letters.

MM Stamp

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My thanks to Holding on Upside Down: the Life and Work of Marianne Moore (2013) by Linda Leavell